Second graders at Spoede Elementary were treated with a visit from the BJC Book Brigade, a school outreach and youth development program that distributes books to children.
This year—the group’s second year of supporting literacy—the BJC Book Brigade gave away more than 26,000 books to second graders in the area. Top hospital administrators volunteer as guest readers before providing a take-home book for every student.
In the spring of 2016, BJC held its first Book Brigade, which provided more than 22,000 books to second graders to read before they began their summer vacation.
“Through you and your colleagues, we are aware of the importance of children reading on grade level by third grade. As health care providers, we know the link between education and health outcomes,” June McAllister Fowler, Senior Vice President of Communications said in a news release. “Our BJC Book Brigade employee service project will keep its mission of placing a summer reading book in the hands of every second grader transitioning into third grade in public school districts where BJC has a hospital or significant presence.”